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"Tori and Lokita" selected for the BFI London Film Festival 2022

The BFI London Film Festival revealed on Thursday its programme for its 2022 edition. Among the titles selected are a Wallonia Brussels production, "Tori and Lokita", and three co-productions.

On Thursday 1st September, the BFI London Film Festival unveiled its full programme for the 2022 edition. Among the titles selected are four Wallonia-Brussels productions, including the latest feature film by the Dardenne brothers, Tori and Lokita, in the love section. Already awarded at Cannes, the film produced by Les Films du Fleuve will be released this Wednesday 7 September in Belgium. The latest film from the three-time Cannes award-winning directors is set for a successful career.

In Belgium today, a young boy and an adolescent girl who have traveled alone from Africa pit their invincible friendship against the difficult conditions of their exile.

Also noteworthy is the selection of three co-productions from Wallonia-Brussels with, first of all, The damned don't cry by Fyzal Boulifa, produced by Frakas Productions in the LFF Awards section.

Moving from place to place, Selim and Fatima-Zahra, mother and son, have a fusional relationship, lingering on the edge of abnormal, pushed to an extreme by poverty and survival. Seeking legitimacy in a country caught between tradition and modernity, they will each face hardships that will slowly lead them apart.

Another film already presented at the Cannes festival, The Blue Caftan by Maryam Touzani and produced by Velvet Films is also selected in the Love section.

Halim and Mina run a small traditional sewing shop in the medina of Salé. Married for twenty-five years, their seemingly ordinary life is turned upside down by the arrival of Youssef, a young apprentice with a passion for the trade, who brings to the surface a truth that has always been buried.

Finally, in the Journey section, we find the animated film produced by Luna Blue Film Nayola by José Miguel Ribeiro.

Angola. Three generations of women in a 25-year-long civil war: Lelena (the grandmother), Nayola (the daughter) and Yara (the granddaughter).  
Past and present interlace. Nayola goes in search of her missing husband at the height of the war. Decades later, the country is finally at peace but Nayola has not returned. Yara has become a rebellious teenager and a subversive rap singer. Lelena tries to contain her for fear of the police coming to arrest her. One night, a masked intruder breaks into their house, armed with a machete. An encounter like nothing they could have imagined.

The next edition of the BFI London Film Festival will run from 5-16 October in cinemas across the UK and from 14-23 October on BFI Player.


Tori and Lokita

Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Feature film / Fiction

Les damnés ne pleurent pas

Fyzal Boulifa

Feature film / Fiction

The Blue Caftan

Maryam Touzani

Feature film / Fiction


José Miguel Ribeiro

Feature film / Animation